05 Mar 2012

 

Speculation abound!  Several sources are claiming to have uncovered information from unnamed sources, stating that Valve is going to unveil a Steam-centric gaming console at GDC next week, called the Steam Box.

According to sources it will be a Core i7 CPU with 8GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GPU.  It will run basic PC titles and even support EA's Origin to be installed.

The image above is from a Twitter feed of a valve employee Greg Coomer.  Tweeted on November 2nd: "Built this tiny PC. i7 quad core, 8GB ram, Zotac Z-68 mobo w/ on-board Nvidia mobile gfx. Runs Portal 2 FAST"

Valve has also apparently been working on custom PC controller designs for years now, at least three.  There was a patent filed in 2009 and published in 2011, a "controller featuring user swappable control components".  There is even mention of biometric feedback, similar to Nintendo's Vitality Sensor which never was released and also literally swappable components, like moving thumbsticks to different locations.  Keep in mind the actual design of the controller will probably be different in the end, that the design shown in the image is for illustrative purposes in the original patent.

 

Source:  The Verge


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